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  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 for Business: Series Wrap-up and Resources

    Well.. Now that you’ve had a chance to take in all the great news ( //Build ) and new updates from Microsoft over the past couple of weeks, we thought it was finally time to wrap up our series for IT Pros entitled “ Windows 8.1 for Business ”. For this final article of the series, I’m going to leave...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2013 Favorites – The Complete Series

    The 21st annual TechEd North America conference happened this month (June) in New Orleans, and my three IT Technology Evangelist coworkers ( Brian Lewis , Keith Mayer , and Matt Hester ) and I had the privilege of attending and taking part.  So in the interest of sharing our experiences and impressions...
  • Blog Post: The Springboard Series Tour Is Back, and Partly Cloudy! (“Cloudy April” - Part 14)

    They’re back!  Once again the road to TechEd is paved with Springboard Series goodness.  The new tour starts May 2, 2011 in Toronto, and wings its around the country for several stops, delivering lots of great sessions and useful information, all on their way to TechEd in Atlanta. “But is it...
  • Blog Post: Dear TechEd Diary (Video) – June 11, 2012

    Monday at TechEd North America 2012, pretty much as I described it in my previous diary entry ; but now in video form! Enjoy   PS – You’ll see me in this video, near the end.  You have been warned.
  • Blog Post: Spot the Geek

    I’m sitting here at MSP (Minneapolis / Saint Paul International Airport) playing my favorite pre- TechEd game: Spot the Geek.  And this year is turning out to be as easy as ever.  I guess isn’t a much better to go to New Orleans early on a Sunday morning. 
  • Blog Post: Dear TechEd Diary – June 8, 2012

    Sunday is the day!  My flight leaves MSP in the morning, and by mid-afternoon I hope to be lounging by my hotel pool.  That evening I’ll be attending the Krewe of TechEd opening part / Meet-n-Greet. It’s been fun watching Twitter (#msteched) and the traffic of people who are also excited. ...
  • Blog Post: NEW SERIES: TechEd 2013 Favorites

    The introduction… I begin this post as I’m sitting at the gate in Minneapolis, waiting to board.  I’ll finish it while I’m flying south.  My name is Kevin, and I’m huge TechEd fan. “Hi, Kevin!” Hi.  I’m being joined at TechEd once again by several thousand of my closest friends, and also...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Diary Day 0 – June 6, 2010

    Dear TechEd Diary, Here we go! Sunday was spent traveling to New Orleans, and then spending quality time in the French Quarter with my team, Microsoft “influencers”, and good friends. “Hey Kevin… Is that you doing Karaoke at the Cat’s Meow ?” No comment. PS – I’m working out some issues with buggy video...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Online is.. well... ONLINE!

    Those of you who have followed my blog for more than 12 months already know what a HUGE FAN I am of the TechEd conference.  Since it began in 1993, I have only missed three TechEds.  And during my 4+ years as a Microsoft employee, it's been a real treat to work at TechEd as well as attend....
  • Blog Post: Dear TechEd Diary – June 13, 2012

    Have you ever attended the TechEd Jam Session?  If not – you’re really missing out.  Last night we were at B.B. King’s Blues Club in Pointe Orlando.  Thanks to CommVault for sponsoring it this year! Rather than try to describe it, here’s a quick video diary for you… “Did you get to sing...
  • Blog Post: Dear TechEd Diary – June 11, 2012

    Great day #1 of TechEd 2012! Last night’s Krewe of TechEd party at Howl at the Moon was a lot of fun.  Thanks to all of the sponsors that made it possible.  This morning I started the day very early.  The “Twitter Army” held a 7:30am “briefing”, which I attended.  Got to have a little...
  • Blog Post: Free Exam-Cramming Sessions

    In the MCP Flash e-mail I received at 1:39AM this morning, the top item is about three FREE webcasts devoted to helping people get ready for three different certification exams.  "Which ones?" Here is the text from the e-mail: Walk in to your exam with confidence! Your Microsoft Certified...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Memories – My Bottle Collection

    Okay.. this is purely for fun, but I thought it was time to share my collection of some of my Microsoft TechEd doo-dads with all of you.  (We are celebrating 20 years of TechEd, this year, are we not?)    TechEd is and has always been one of my favorite weeks of the year.  I...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: Cloud Innovators - Delivering Software Defined Cloud Networking Solutions with Arista Networks

    In this brief episode, I speak with Sr. Business Development Manager Joe Hielscher of Arista Networks from the floor at TechEd 2013 in New Orleans.  We chat about the latest features available from their cloud networking solutions and how they support a dynamic datacenter. Learn more about Arista...
  • Blog Post: Dear TechEd Diary (Video) – June 10, 2012

    I’m finally getting a chance to compile some of my video footage from TechEd North America 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  This one here was taken using my still camera (not too bad, actually), and just shows a quick glimpse of my day on Sunday, June 10. Enjoy… Sunday, June 10, 2012–TechEd North America
  • Blog Post: Tell your boss I said you should register for TechEd North America 2013. Now.

    Anyone who has followed my blog for any length of time already knows what a HUGE fan of the Microsoft   TechEd conference I am.  And this year I am hoping to be there again.  (If you’re a Microsoft group who is looking for booth or lab proctor help, send me an e-mail!!!)  But whether...
  • Blog Post: Get on the bus, Gus!

    This was such a big hit last year that they’re doing it again.  Starting in Montreal on May 21, 2010, the bus rolls on down south and a little bit west, eventually ending up in New Orleans on June 5, just in time for TechEd North America.  Stops along the way will give you an opportunity to...
  • Blog Post: Kevin's TechEd Video Diaries - Part 3 - June 11, 2008

    Dear Video Diary, This was a busy day.  I was originally scheduled to do three video interviews .  It turned into 4, and then 5!  So I spent a lot of time in a comfy chair, with a not-so-comfy microphone attached to my head.  Really enjoyed the conversations, though.  I hope...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Diary Day 4 (Last of 5) – June 10, 2010

    Dear TechEd Diary, Unlike TechEd of years past, Thursday marked the very last day of the conference.  I went to a few sessions, but the best part of the day was the all-attendee party held for us at Mardi Gras World .  Food, live music, oppressive heat (wow.. it was hot in that warehouse) and...
  • Blog Post: IT Manager Community Hub - Evren Toktas Interview at TechEd 2009

    At TechEd 2009 this year in Los Angeles I was asked to help with "booth duty", which was a pleasure to do. One reason I agreed to do this was that I am passionate about the topic of the booth, which was for the sake of the IT Management Community Hub ( http://www.technet.com/itmanagement ). Another...
  • Blog Post: Kevin's TechEd Video Diaries - Part 5 of 5 - June 13, 2008

    Dear Video Diary, Here it is.. the last day of TechEd 2008 US IT Pro.  This morning I got together with some teammates and had a little video/screencasting/editing/publishing discussion.  (Thanks Keith!)  Then I took one of my coworkers to the airport.  I did get back in time to attend...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: Cloud Innovators - Transaction and Application Monitoring Solutions with BlueStripe Software

    In this episode I chat with Product Marketing Manager Adam Long from BlueStripe Software.  We discuss BlueStripe’s product FactFinder, which is a transaction and application monitoring tool that helps Operations Support teams manage IT systems availability and performance regardless of where it...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Diary Day 2 – June 8, 2010

    Dear TechEd Diary, After breakfast at the hotel with some teammates (it’s nice to know someone with access to the concierge room), the morning was spent editing videos from the previous two days.  Hopefully by the time you’re reading this you’ve already enjoyed the footage and embarrassments documented...
  • Blog Post: Key Keynote Notes – TechEd 2013 Favorites

    So here it is, Day 3 of TechEd, and I’m already two days late on the first of our “ TechEd 2013 Favorites ” series.  (sigh)  But if you’ve ever been to a TechEd, or any other big conference like this, you know that it’s hard to find a spare moment to do things other than A) attend, and B) enjoy...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: Cloud Innovators - Hybrid Network Offerings for Windows Azure and Hyper-V from F5

    Once again on the floor of TechEd 2013 in New Orleans, I chat with Jeffrey Bellamy, Director of Business Development at F5 Networks. Jeffrey gives us a quick overview of some of their hybrid network offerings for Windows Azure and Hyper-V. Learn more about F5 Networks __________________________ Experience...